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Dallas to San Diego drive

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Dallas to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Dallas to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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Day 1, 10:00 am:  start in Dallas
drive for about 2 hours

Day 1, 12:06 pm:  Cisco
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:06 pm
drive for about 3 hours

Day 1, 4:08 pm:  Midland
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

Day 1, 6:43 pm:  Fort Stockton
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am


Day 2, 10:00 am:  leave from Fort Stockton
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 2, 1:18 pm:  El Paso
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:18 pm
drive for about 4.5 hours

Day 2, 6:48 pm:  Tucson
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am


Day 3, 10:00 am:  leave from Tucson
drive for about 4.5 hours

Day 3, 2:17 pm:  Horseshoe Bend
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:17 pm
drive for about 3 hours

Day 3, 6:14 pm:  arrive in San Diego
eat at The Prado at Balboa Park
stay at Hotel Del Coronado


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Dallas, Texas.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.




How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.




Where should I stop along the way?

Cisco
Midland  (5 answers)
Fort Stockton  (2 answers)
El Paso  (20 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX
Tucson  (37 answers)
    El Charro Cafe  (2 mentions)
    Ventana Canyon Trailhead  (2 mentions)
    questions about Tucson:
        What to do in Tucson- staying near UofA
        Best free things to do in Tucson?
Horseshoe Bend  (2 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.




Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Diego? Click the blue button below.






Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Diego? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in San Diego?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Holly Goertzen from Calgary asked:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

 Beverly Joesten from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

 Liv Strauss from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

 Lily Wang from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

 Kenneth Bloom from Portland asked:
Best burritos in San Diego?  (7 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Diego.






Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Diego to Dallas drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Dallas to San Diego. Or get a full Dallas to San Diego flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Dallas well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Dallas!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,360 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 43 minutes
San Diego is 2 hours behind Dallas
93 Dallas travel answers
5 Midland travel answers
2 Fort Stockton travel answers
20 El Paso travel answers
37 Tucson travel answers
213 San Diego travel answers





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